Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz

September 22-23, 2017

to be held at:

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Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to birds, crickets to katydids! 

Join a team!  Expeditions leave from base camp on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental specialists will be your guides on your trek into different habitats.  Teams will list as many species as they can find.


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The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz serves as both a biodiversity study and an educational adventure for professional ecologists and nature lovers alike.  Leaders take teams of up to 15 participants out on 90 minute treks on Friday and/or Saturday (September 22-23, 2017).  FAQ:  Who qualifies as a BioBlitz Leader?  Individuals who are considered experts in their field, have a strong affiliation with a university, science-based corporation, environmental or conservation entity to qualify.
Leader registration is now open.  Click here for more info and to register.


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Would you like to bring your class to a day filled with environmental activities?

Would you like your students to learn from top naturalists and biologists in the region?

Applications are now being accepted for teachers who are interested in bringing students to BioBlitz activities.
BioBlitz Date for class participation:  Friday, September 22, 2017.
Free and open to 5th – 12th grade classes.
Click here for details and to apply!
Application deadline for teachers to apply to bring their class:  July 26th


bb 3 boysGreat Family Adventure!

Everyone is welcome to join in this Citizen Science project.  No experience necessary!

Families with nature lovers, budding scientists and experienced naturalists of all ages are invited to the study of the biodiversity at Shaw Nature Reserve!
Public registration will open in early September.

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“This was an amazing opportunity; these hands-on activities inspired a level of student engagement that I have never experienced before.”
–6th grade teacher

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“What a fantastic experience for my animal-obsessed, science-minded kids!”
–Emily, mom of middle-school students


Families Welcome!

Families Welcome!

The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks.  At the end of the day, participants have a new appreciation of St. Louis urban parks and their own backyard!


Nematocampa resistaria Photo Credit: Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

Nematocampa resistaria
Photo Credit: Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

From the Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Emmeneger Park, “…the Nematocampa resistaria, the so-called horned span worm.  I have seen it just once previously on Missoui oaks, my primary focus.  As you can see from the photo, it is quite distinctive, with four dorsal filaments, that can extend out and then be drawn in, depending on how much you pester it.  We have looked at literally 10’s of thousands of caterpillars since 1993, and this is the first that we have seen since then.”
-Robert Marquis, Ph.D.

Led by the Academy of Science – St. Louis, partners include:

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BioBlitz questions – contact Peggy James Nacke
314-533-8291 or peggyn@academyofsciencestl.org

Generous funding for BioBlitz is provided in part by:


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